Thoughts and Questions on Malachi 3

“‘I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the
vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,' says the
LORD Almighty.” (Malachi 3:11).

Some blame many of the world’s problems on climate
change—from drought to forest fires. I wonder if many of these climate problems
are not caused so much by global warming and cooling as by people and whole
nations having turned away from the true God. The sins that God lists in
Malachi 3:5 and Malachi 3:8 are prevalent today and becoming more so it seems.
God says through Malachi that the solution for many problems is returning to
God; then God will return to us. Read what God will do for people and nations
who turn to Him in faith and obedience. 

What do you think? How might you teach about this verse or
lead your class into a discussion of what this verse might mean for people
today?

What do you think is the real cause of so many of our
problems today? What do you think is the solution? Do you think people are
optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Why do you think so?

God addressed an entire nation with this verse through the
prophet Malachi. Do you think God still makes decisions about how He will treat
nations based on this standard today? Can you give a reason for your answer?

What thoughts and questions can you share with the IBLF from
Malachi 3?

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